Fire upset at officials after loss to Sounders
BY SETH GRUEN For Sun-Times Media April 28, 2012 11:20PM
The Fire’s Marco Pappa (left) and the Sounders’ Osvaldo Alonso battle for the ball in the second half Saturday at Toyota Park. | John Gress~Getty Images
Updated: May 30, 2012 8:34AM
The Fire entered its game
Saturday against the Seattle Sounders at Toyota Park trying to beat them for the first time in franchise history.
In a game that featured two teams playing a physical brand of soccer, suspect officiating only added to the frustration of the Fire’s 2-1 loss.
The Sounders (4-1-1) weren’t called for a foul until the 32nd minute, and the Fire (2-2-2) was upset when a penalty kick wasn’t awarded after midfielder Rafael Robayo was pushed in the box during stoppage time.
Emotions boiled over when Fire players Marco Pappa and Jalil
Anibaba got into a postgame
scuffle with Sounders players Osvaldo Alonso and Marc Burch. Fines and suspensions might
While the Fire players were mum about the officiating, coach Frank Klopas didn’t hesitate to point out the game got out of
‘‘The players put a lot into the game; we were at home,’’ Klopas said. ‘‘For sure some emotions at the end, but you always have to control that. I just feel that at times the referees have to make the right calls and don’t let it get out of hand.’’
The Sounders took a 1-0 lead in the 39th minute on an own-goal by Fire center back Arne Friedrich. Goalie Sean Johnson was in position to stop a shot by David
Estrada from 16 yards out, but Friedrich stuck his foot out and redirected the ball just inside the post and away from Johnson.
Pappa appeared to tie the score from 19 yards out in the 63rd
minute, but striker Dominic
Oduro was called offsides for goalkeeper interference, taking the goal off the board.
The Sounders scored their
second goal in the 67th minute, when forward Eddie Johnson knocked the ball into the net from one yard out.
Pappa scored the lone goal for the Fire off a corner kick in the 89th minute.
‘‘We need to calm down after the game because it’s always difficult when you get a red card,
maybe,’’ Friedrich said.
‘‘The game was tough and it was pretty close, so the emotions were aggressive.’’